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Although Luke has felt excluded at many points in his life, the South Hills Children’s Choir has become a place where he feels he can belong. He is a crucial part of the group – inspiring those around him.
“No matter what kind of day you’re having, if Luke is there with his sweet comments, you’re happy,” said one of the choristers. Her fellow students agree: Luke brightens all their days. He will immediately notice if a student is missing from choir practice and be especially disappointed if his choir partner, “David,” is absent. The other children in the group don’t see him as an autistic boy – they see him as one of their friends who has autism but is not defined by it.
Differing interests and likes often divide us, but music has the power to unite. Music allows children like Luke, as well as his fellow choristers with depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and anxiety, to find a safe haven in the choir.
Music connects everyone, no matter each person’s individual differences. It breaks down divisions and strengthens relationships. It gives everyone a chance to play a role.
At the South Hills Children’s Choir, music is doing exactly that: bringing together children from different socio-economic, racial, and religious backgrounds to join together in song.